Fernando, Tyronne salvage draw for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Under-19 212 (Kulasekara 84, Yadav 6-38) and 499 (Tyronne 123, Fernando 100*, Milind 4-98) drew with India Under-19 393 for 8 dec (Zol 128, Iyer 84, Samson 70) and 113 for 3 (Herwadkar 32, Perera 2-28)
The pair added 188 for the eighth wicket to seize the initiative, leaving India to chase an improbable 319.
Sri Lanka, electing to bat, struggled to get partnerships going in the first innings. Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav finished with figures of 6-38 and spearheaded a fine bowling performance, as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 212. Only Kavindu Kulasekara scored a fifty and his 84 took the hosts past 200.
India, in reply, led by a century from the captain Vijay Zol, established a firm foothold on the match with a fine batting display. Zol struck 16 fours during his 128, and put up a 160-run third-wicket partnership with Sanju Samson, who scored 70. Shreyas Iyer, batting at No. 5, then scored 84 to take India to 393 and establish a lead of 181.
After Sri Lanka lost three wickets for 99, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Kusal Mendis scored half-centuries, adding 60 for the fourth wicket to arrest India's momentum. But medium pacer Chama Milind picked up four crucial wickets to leave Sri Lanka precariously placed at 258 for 7, with Fernando and Tyronne at the crease, facing a big defeat.
However, the pair counterattacked with 32 fours and four sixes between them. Tyronne departed for 123 and Fernando remained unbeaten on 100 to take Sri Lanka to 499, and all but secure the draw.
India were 113 for 3 at the time of stumps, with Iyer and Samson at the crease and the series was drawn 0-0. The two teams will now play three youth ODIs.